E-Newsletter : Issue #015 Charles Miner | Glass Artists



Publisher: Kenn Holsten
A free monthly e-newsletter from
Holsten Galleries, Stockbridge MA

Issue #15 – Spring 2006

In This Issue

Spring in the Berkshires!

Here in Berkshire County we are experiencing an incredible burst of green,
and are savoring the scents of flowering bushes and trees which accompany
the spring rebirth after a long, grey winter. Soon, Tanglewood, Shakespeare
and Company, the Berkshire Theater Festival, Jacob’s Pillow,(as well as many
other venues) will begin their daily offerings of superb art and

This summer, Holsten Galleries will sponsor our annual Summer Group Glass Invitational, featuring new works by all of our great artists. This will include two new installations by Dale Chihuly: the “Clear and Gold Dragontail Chandelier” and the “Golden Persian Wall” both recently installed in Stockbridge. We will also be featuring stellar new works as well as a “Masai” by Lino Tagliapietra. We look forward to hearing from you, and hopefully seeing you all in the

Quotes of the Month

“Great art picks up where nature ends.” – Marc Chagall

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Artist of the Month:
Charles Miner

Charles Miner graduated from the Stanislaus State College in Turlock, California in 1970 and went on to found the “Tesuque Glassworks” hot shop and gallery (wihich he continues to own and operate) in Tesuque, New Mexico in 1975. He continued his studies at Pilchuk Glass School in Seattle, Washington, where he studied under David Reekie and Clifford Rainey. To create the unique, stone-like texture of his pieces, Miner users a laborious process called Pate de Vere (or fuse casting). After a series of steps involving a carving wax, porcelain or clay original and a rubber mold, 24% lead crystal glass is heated in an electric kiln, which often reaches temperatures of 1600 degrees. It is then slowly cooled over the next week or two to prevent cracking and polished with sanding blocks impregnated with diamond chips. The entire process can take upwards of three months to construct a single piece. Miner comments: “These pieces represent my goal to have a body of work that is visually pleasing on both the interior and the exterior, but that still hold a certain utilitarian feeling.”

Miner has exhibited widely across the U.S. and his works can be found in
permanent collections such as the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New
York; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in
Washington, DC; the Museum of Texas Tec University in Lubbock, Texas; the
New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, Louisiana; the New Mexico Museum

of Fine Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico; and the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Arizona.

Holsten Galleries will be premiering works from Miner’s newest series at SOFA New York 2006, May 31-June 4.

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Upcoming Events:

June 1-4: SOFA NEW YORK Seventh Regiment Armory Park Avenue and 67th Street

At SOFA New York, Holsten Galleries will feature new works by Dorothy Hafner, Marvin Lipofsky, Charles Miner, William Morris and Martin Rosol. June 25-August 31: SUMMER GROUP GLASS INVITATIONAL Holsten Galleries 3 Elm Street, Stockbridge, MA

This summer, we will be showing the best new works by our artists. See our website for recent arrivals! November 10-12 SOFA CHICAGO Navy Pier Chicago IL.

Please contact the gallery for further information or to obtain


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Museum Events

Museum Group Exhibitions

“Transparent Legacy: Studio Glass Gifted to the Seattle Art Museum from the Collection of Jon and Mary Shirley” www.seattleartmuseum.org

Including works by Marvin Lipofsky, Lino Tagliapietra, Dante Marioni, Preston Singletary, and Dale Chihuly. On display until October 15, 2006 at the Seattle Art Museum in Seattle, Washington.

“Capturing the Light: Masterworks of Contemporary Glass” showing at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania through June 25, 2006.www.everhat-museum.org

Participating artists include Sonja Blomdahl, Dorothy Hafner, Sidney Hutter, Kreg Kallenberger, Marvin Lipofsky, Dante Marioni, Charles Miner, Stephen Powell, Chris Ries, David Schwartz, Lisabeth Sterling, and Steven Weinberg.

Individual Museum Exhibitions

Dale Chihuly

“Group Exhibition: Timeless Glass – From Byzantine to Dale Chihuly” on
display until July 31, 2006 at the Mingei International Museum, North
Country Satellite in Escondido, California.

“Glass in the Garden”, on display until October 31, 2006 at the Missouri
Botanical Garden in St. louis, Missouri.

“Chihuly at the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY”
June 25-October 29, 2006

(For information on more Chihuly exhibitions, please visit www.chihuly.com.)

Sydney Hutter

“Contrast: A Glass Primer” at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington,
showing November 10, 2006 – November 2009.

William Morris

The Columbus Museum in Columbus, Georgia; April 8 – July 9.

The Huntsville Museum in Huntsville, Alabama; July 3 – October 29.

Stephen Powell

“Retrospective” at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Montana.

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